Owner Spotlight: Jim and Jamie Spisak of Experimac of Plano, TX

 
We recently sat down for a nice chat with Jim and Jamie Spisak from Experimac of Plano, TX. They were the 19th Experimac store to open. This dynamic father-daughter duo, who had never worked together before, opened their doors just before the holidays in December 2015 after leaving corporate America and making the decision to pursue a business of their own. With franchises across the country, Experimac is a trusted tech source for Apple® product repairs and upgrades, pre-owned sales and trade-ins for iPhone® devices, iPad® tablets, iMac® computers, MacBook® laptops and more. Additionally, we also sell accessories for these devices and offer same day service for repairs and upgrades. Often, we’re able to fix your device while you wait. Experimac offers a 90-day warranty on all repairs because we want all of our customers to experience the Experimac difference.

Life as an entrepreneur can be quite the roller coaster but it seems to have been a great choice for the Spisaks. They get along really well and have open lines of communication which will undoubtedly help them be successful. Jim and Jamie have found it really rewarding to go above and beyond for some of their customers, really going the extra step to help out and they have made a big difference for their customers as they become a part of the community in Plano, TX. Here is some more of what they shared about their experience as the owners of Experimac of Plano, TX.

EXPERIMAC: Had you run your own business before? What was your background prior to this?
JAMIE: I had been a bank manager.
JIM: I was working in managerial positions with high tech companies. I had spent 25 years with IBM. I was also with Honeywell and Motorola.

EXPERIMAC: What made you leave your corporate jobs and venture out on your own?
JIM: It was time for me to go off on my own. I was tired of working for other people. My last job I was with a private equity group and that’s when I decided I wanted to go out on my own so I spent about a year researching various businesses, franchises, and existing businesses and when I came across the Experimac model, it really seemed to fit well with my background and everything else.

EXPERIMAC: And what about you, Jamie? Was it Dad convincing you?
JAMIE: Yeah, absolutely because I really liked my job. Dad asked if I would do it and I trusted him. How do you say no to your Dad? And I figured it would be something exciting and something I had never done before.

EXPERIMAC: What are your different roles in the store? Who’s doing what?
JAMIE: Ironically enough, we both do a little of everything. Dad does more of the ordering but we both do the repairs. Dad is better with software than I am and I’m better with hardware than he is but we both do repairs and we both interact with customers. At first, there were times I had to call other stores, like Experimac of Boynton Beach, FL, and say, “So this guy has a computer, it won’t turn on, where do I start?” Josh Barnes would spend a lot of time face-timing with us, walking us through the steps. We have learned a lot and our questions went from, “So this guy has a computer, it won’t turn on, where do I start?” to “This guy has a computer that won’t turn on. I’ve done this, this, and this. What would be your next step?” We have also hired Vance who is an expert coming to us after working for Apple for 15 years and then the Apple store for 8 years where he was a Genius. He’s got a lot of software know-how and has already taught us so much.

EXPERIMAC: What would you say has been the most interesting or exciting part of opening your own Experimac store? And the most challenging aspect of it?
JIM: The most challenging has been the technical side and making sure the customers walk out of here happy especially as we were coming up the learning curve on the technology. We had a couple of stumbles and that certainly made life exciting. We were able to recover. I think the vast majority of our customers are pretty darn happy with us. We’re getting a lot of referrals. During that learning curve as we were ramping up, that was exciting because people would come with some things and we had no clue what it was they were bringing us.

EXPERIMAC: What is your connection to the community of Plano? How long have you lived here? Why did you choose to go into business here?
JAMIE: My parents moved to Garland about 6 years ago and now we all live in Garland, about 10 miles away from Plano. When dad was looking to buy a franchise, we liked Plano. My mom teaches for the Plano School District in East Plano and we really liked the diversity in Plano. Plano is really big and it’s growing so it’s kind of neat to be a part of that. We like the Plano Chamber of Commerce a lot too.

EXPERIMAC: Have you guys been able to get involved into the Plano community?
JAMIE: Yeah, we sponsor a couple of public and private school PTAs. It’s a lot of fun! At one, we actually got to go and set up a little table at their “Fit Night” so we had a couple of iPads with some fitness apps on there and it was a lot fun to do that. And now we’re planning on doing the same thing next year. We donated to a chapter of my sorority at UT Dallas for their annual, big philanthropic event. That was cool and we’ll do that again next year as well. It’s still the first 7 months but we’re definitely starting to get involved and definitely want to work with schools. That’s where we really want to get involved. We really want to be helpful to people because we know there are schools and students, no matter how old they are, that could really benefit from our services and the products we sell so we really want to make sure they know about us.

We’ve joined the Plano Chamber of Commerce. My dad is also involved with the Knights of Columbus at his church. We’ve seen the return on going to those PTA events as well as advertising in small, local papers when customers come in to the store and share where they learned about us from these papers and we love that.

EXPERIMAC: What would you say the typical Experimac customer looks like?
JAMIE: There’s not one. It’s just not at all like that. We’ve had it all. There was actually a lady that we actually went to her house to help her with her computer and she was in her mid-80s and we’ve had people in here that are young parents. One guy who was in here the other day, he and his wife just found out they are pregnant and he needed a laptop instead of a desktop. And then we’ve got high school kids coming in here. Our youngest customer would be, well, our neighbor’s daughter with her broken iPad. Our customers range from 2 years old to 85 years old.

EXPERIMAC: So you actually went to someone’s house to fix their computer?
JAMIE: Yeah, that’s on a case-by-case basis. We can’t always do that but there is a nursing home across the street and this lady had come in for a repair so I went to help her with her printer because that wasn’t working so I went to get her computer all set back up because she had needed a whole new hard drive.

EXPERIMAC: What have been the big surprises in the first 6 months? Is this what you expected? Has everything gone the way you expected it to?
JAMIE: I think it’s probably been spot on. The one thing I expected, but didn’t want of course, was that we weren’t busy right off the bat. It’s taken time and a lot of effort to get busier. And I knew that would the case but that’s been the hardest reality I think. That being said, we’ve grown tremendously.
JIM: Early on, there were a few days when nobody would walk into the store and you worry.

EXPERIMAC: What are your goals for the next 6 months?
JIM: Getting more into the software services side of it. Repeat business. Offering classes.
JAMIE: That was a big part of bringing Vance on. We’d like to start offering classes for people who are new Apple users or you’d be surprised how many people don’t back up their phones, for example. And then something happens and they’re completely at a loss because they don’t have their information anywhere. We want to teach them how easy and how inexpensive it is to back up their most precious devices. We want to make sure they’re coming to us and trusting us in the long run as their local experts. We’d like to continue expanding on the services we offer. We have an Apple consultant we found through their network that we’d call up with some software things we weren’t sure about and he started sending us his customers with hardware issues because that’s not his thing. Some of his people have gotten upgrades but didn’t know what to do with their old devices that were still working well so now we’re an option for his customers too.

EXPERIMAC: Do you guys have any hobbies or things you enjoy when you’re not at the store?
JAMIE: Dad likes to cook. Every Sunday we have a family dinner and now that I live in Texas, our whole family lives here so we always have family dinners on Sunday with new recipes every week so that’s definitely his favorite thing to do. As for me, I have 2 dogs that I’m obsessed with. I like country music and I enjoy going to concerts so anywhere you can two-step is great.

As you can see, Jim and Jamie Spisak are off to a great start and are really enjoying doing business with the people of Plano, TX and welcome questions and visits to their Experimac store any time. In fact, a visit to their showroom will give you a chance to see a colored, vintage iMac computer that they’ve turned into a fish tank, of all things. The residents of the fish tank are Steve Jobs 3.0 and Steve Wozniak, both beta fish, and an albino catfish that they talk to every day. Come on in have chat with the residents of the fish tank at Experimac of Plano, TX.

Former Office Depot E-Commerce Director Brings Experimac to New Jersey

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When Cherry Hill resident, Glenn Trommer opened his Experimac store in early July at Lee Newman Plaza, he brought fairly novel Apple product services to the south Jersey region, including Cherry Hill, Marlton, Haddonfield and Voorhees.

“Within my specific market there are no other stores that buy, sell, trade and repair Apple products. Experimac has a very unique value proposition and this provides me with the opportunity to gain specific market share.”

Opening his Experimac store fulfilled a long held dream, a promise he made to himself as he graduated from Emory University more than 30 years ago.
“I told myself when I graduated that I would have my own business one day, but since then had always held jobs in corporate America,” Trommer recalls.

Among those corporate positions, he was Director of e-commerce and implementation services for Office Depot, responsible for creating and implementing their business to business website back in 1996. “It left me with good knowledge of retail as well as business-to-business sales,” says Trommer.

With a long held passion for Apple products, his choice of Experimac as a franchise was easy. “I owned the first iPod and have owned iPhones and a MacBook Air ever since,” Trommer says, adding that he looked at a wide range of franchise options before selecting Experimac.

Ultimately, Trommer sees his new shop, and those he expects to open in coming years, as an opportunity to mentor future employees as well as to build a legacy for his family. He anticipates that family members will become involved in the shop and that the venture will create opportunities for future employees.

“I hope that we will be able to create significant brand awareness as we open several stores, and also want to mentor my employees so that they gain an understanding of how to operate a retail business. They may someday own a store of their own,” Trommer says.

About Experimac

Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with over 30 years of franchise experience. Capitalizing on a sustained demand for Apple® products, Experimac provides pre-owned computers and devices, repair of laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices, and sales of accessories. Experimac has more than 30 locations with 85 additional stores in various stages of development as of mid-2016. Projections are to open a total of 100 locations by the end of 2016 and 250 by 2017locations nationwide. For more information visit www.experimacfranchise.com.

New Pre-Owned Apple® Device Business Experimac Comes to Chico

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(CHICO, Ca.) – On July 25, Chris Thomas will begin leveraging his experience as a utility craftsman and mechanical supervisor to run Experimac, the new concept that provides pre-owned computers and devices; repair and upgrade services for laptops, phones and tablets; trade-ins of existing devices; and sales of accessories and software for Apple® devices, to Chico. Located at 1354 East Ave, suite S, Thomas is bringing the newest concept from industry veteran United Franchise Group to serve customers throughout Yuba County, Butte County and Shasta County by providing popular Apple® devices at prices far below retail prices.

For 20 years, Thomas worked as a utility craftsman for the State of California before becoming a mechanical supervisor at an agricultural processing plant. Tired of working 12 hour days six days a week and answering to someone else, Thomas decided it was time to apply all of his skills to running his own business. Owning his own business, Thomas knew this would allow him more time with his family and his passion of being a High school Football Coach.

“Now I can put all of my hard work into building my own business,” said Thomas. “I am excited to offer great products and services to all at great prices. Apple is coming out with new devices all the time which guarantees a stream of business.”

The newest addition to the United Franchise Group, a family of brands that includes industry standouts such as Signarama, EmbroidMe and SuperGreen Solutions, Experimac is backed by a reputation of business success. This, said Thomas, gave him confidence in the concept as a viable career choice.

“Starting a business is a stressful situation, but if you don’t go for it you will never know the success in life that awaits you,” Thomas said. “If you’re willing to put in the hard work it takes to be successful you will succeed.”

Thomas looks forward to serving his community through providing a highly sought after repair service and top of the line refreshed Apple products. He also has plans to pass his business along to his children some day and use it to help prepare them for their futures.

About Experimac

Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with over 30 years of franchise experience. Capitalizing on a sustained demand for Apple® products, Experimac provides pre-owned computers and devices, repair of laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices, and sales of accessories. For more information visit www.experimac.com.

Local Former Teacher Makes Apple Products Accessible To Many

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(Huntersville, NC) Portions of techno markets north of Charlotte and throughout the Lake Norman region, those who have bemoaned high quality Apple products as unaffordable over years of one product introduction after another, are appreciating Lisa Piatt’s newly opened Experimac store, with its quality line of affordable, pre-owned Apple products that range from Mac Books to iPads and iPhones.

A Huntersville resident with a background in graphic arts, Piatt opened her store at 9832 Gilead Rd., in mid-July. Already, she is sensing keen appreciation for the affordability option that her store offers. “Apple is a technology leader. The ability to fit that technology seamlessly into your everyday life at affordable cost is a huge benefit that can make a big difference for a lot of people,” says Piatt, who as a former teacher had the opportunity to observe firsthand what vital difference technology can make to the learning experience as well as other life endeavors.

Prior to the 32 year old former teacher’s July 15th opening of her Experimac store, she had used her graphic arts background, teaching young students. “While teaching, I could see the impact of using computers and iPads in the classroom. That technology really helps students to reach all of their potential, and not all of my students could afford a brand new iPad or Mac Book,” says Piatt, who opened her Experimac shop with a $200,000 investment that included a $50,000 franchise fee, and investment of $84,000 in her opening inventory.

As a young mother, Piatt sees her Experimac store as something of a family investment seed. She expects that down the road her family will share in growing the business. “This is a typically male dominated segment, but through this store, I may be able to employ my kids as they grow, and to teach them about business, to prepare them for life in the future,” Piatt says.

She will teach them largely by example, directing them to remain open to what markets have to say, observing experiences of other small business operators, and being nimble in responding to unavoidable changes in her industry. “You have to speak to as many people as you can. And no matter how well you plan, something will always throw you off schedule so being nimble, reacting quickly to change is an important attribute,” Piatt says.

About Experimac

Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with over 30 years of franchise experience. Capitalizing on a sustained demand for Apple® products, Experimac provides pre-owned computers and devices, repair of laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices, and sales of accessories. Experimac has more than 30 locations with 85 additional stores in various stages of development as of mid-2016. Projections are to open a total of 100 locations by the end of 2016 and 250 by 2017 locations nationwide. For more information visit www.experimacfranchise.com.

New Pre-Owned Apple® Device Business Experimac Comes To Jacksonville

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(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) – On July 25, Leroy McCarty and his wife Fonda will be joining forces to open and run their Experimac, the new concept that provides pre-owned computers and devices; repair and upgrade services for laptops, phones and tablets; trade-ins of existing devices; and sales of accessories. Located at 1650 San Pablo Rd. S suite 14, McCarty is bringing the newest concept from industry veteran United Franchise Group to serve customers throughout Northeast Florida by providing popular Apple® devices at prices far below retail prices.

Before opening his own business, Leroy served in the U.S Navy and Army for 13 years and deployed to Iraq 4 times. McCarty enlisted as an Aviation Ordnance man in May 2001, just a few months before September 11th. He was stationed in Japan onboard the CV-63USS Kitty Hawk where he served for three years before being moved to Bremerton, WA and then to Norfolk, VA. While in Norfolk, Leroy took part in a program called “Blue to Green” and changed services and enlisted in the Army. While in the Army he was stationed in Vilseck, Germany as a Signal Support Specialist 25U and then in Hawaii for five years before he and Fonda, who also served in the U.S Navy for eight years as an Aviation Machinist Mate, moved to Jacksonville.

“After learning about Experimac I came away convinced that it was going to be the next big thing in computers,” said Leroy. “I am already the guy in the neighborhood that everyone brings computers to for repairing so I knew this would be the perfect fit for me and Fonda.”

The newest addition to the United Franchise Group, a family of brands that includes industry standouts such as Signarama, EmbroidMe and SuperGreen Solutions, Experimac is backed by a reputation of business success. This, said Leroy, gave him confidence in the concept as a viable career choice.

“I grew up in a low income family but never let anything down so I am looking forward to offering top of the line products for affordable prices,” said Leroy, “ Giving back to the community is very important to me and Fonda. We will be sponsoring a local little league team and will be providing our support to an organization that helps children that have lost loved ones to violence.”

About Experimac

Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with over 30 years of franchise experience. Capitalizing on a sustained demand for Apple® products, Experimac provides pre-owned computers and devices, repair of laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices, sales of accessories and software and upgrades. For more information visit www.experimac.com.

New Pre-Owned Apple® Device Business Experimac Comes to East Orlando

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(ORLANDO, Fla.) – On Aug. 26, Christophe Sevin will begin leveraging his decades of experience in computing to run Experimac, the new concept that provides pre-owned computers and devices; repair and upgrade services for laptops, phones and tablets; trade-ins of existing devices; and sales of accessories, to Orlando. Located at 4498 North Alafaya Trail, Sevin is bringing the newest concept from industry veteran United Franchise Group to serve customers throughout Central Florida by providing popular Apple® devices at prices far below retail prices.
Leaving his native France for the United States in 2014, Sevin, a network engineer since 1996, searched for a business opportunity that would allow him to combine his expertise while allowing him to be own boss. In his search, Sevin came upon the newly franchised business Experimac and recognized a perfect opportunity.
“After learning about Experimac I came away convinced that it was going to be the next big thing in computers,” said Sevin. “Apple® devices have never been in greater demand, but because of that their retail prices remain high. With Experimac, customers can gain access to those same devices but at significantly reduced prices.”
The newest addition to the United Franchise Group, a family of brands that includes industry standouts such as Signarama, EmbroidMe and SuperGreen Solutions, Experimac is backed by a reputation of business success. This, said Sevin, gave him confidence in the concept as a viable career choice.
“Any business is only as good as its reputation, especially a relatively new one,” Sevin said. “The knowledge that Experimac, though a newer concept, comes courtesy of those with decades of experience building businesses, was more than enough to put my mind at ease that this was a sustainable business venture. I’m looking forward to bringing the hottest new devices to a broad range of customers”.

About Experimac

Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with over 30 years of franchise experience. Capitalizing on a sustained demand for Apple® products, Experimac provides pre-owned computers and devices, repair of laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices, and sales of accessories. Experimac has more than 30 locations with 85 additional stores in various stages of development as of mid-2016. Projections are to open a total of 100 locations by the end of 2016 and 250 by 2017locations nationwide. For more information visit www.experimacfranchise.com.

New Pre-Owned Apple® Device Business Experimac Comes To Madison

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(MADISON, Tenn.) – On August 22, Les Clendenin will begin leveraging his 18 years in service and sales to run Experimac, the new concept that provides pre-owned computers and devices; repair and upgrade services for laptops, phones and tablets; trade-ins of existing devices; and sales of accessories, to Madison. Located at 1720 Gallatin Pk. Space 8H, Clendenin is bringing the newest concept from industry veteran United Franchise Group to serve customers throughout Northeast Nashville by providing popular Apple® devices at prices far below retail prices.

Prior to owning his own business, Clendenin spent 18 years working for UniFirst, a national uniform company, in both service and sales. Last July, Clendenin and his four children were hit with tragedy and he knew it was time to switch gears and build a new life for his family. “UniFirst was a great company to work for but I needed a new challenge,” said Clendenin.

“After learning about Experimac I came away convinced that it was going to be the next big thing in computers,” said Clendenin. “The more I learned about Experimac, the more excited I became. I knew this was the challenge that I needed, I was excited to start my new adventure.”

The newest addition to the United Franchise Group, a family of brands that includes industry standouts such as Signarama, EmbroidMe and SuperGreen Solutions, Experimac is backed by a reputation of business success. This, said Clendenin, gave him confidence in the concept as a viable career choice.

“After 18 years in the corporate world I knew it was time for an exhilarating change and new career path,” said Clendenin. “I am a homegrown part of the Goodlettsville community and am excited to give back with this new business. My grandfather opened the local Clendenin BI- Rite in 1946 and ran it for 30 years and I am confident I will be able to follow in his successful footsteps.”

About Experimac

Les Clendenin, owner of Experimac of Ottawa
Les Clendenin, owner of Experimac of Ottawa

Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with over 30 years of franchise experience. Capitalizing on a sustained demand for Apple® products, Experimac provides pre-owned computers and devices, repair of laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices, and sales of accessories. Experimac has more than 30 locations with 85 additional stores in various stages of development as of mid-2016.  Projections are to open a total of 100 locations by the end of 2016 and 250 by 2017locations nationwide. For more information visit www.experimacfranchise.com.

Fast-Growing Brand Experimac Celebrates 100th Store Deal

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(West Palm Beach, Florida) – On Friday, Aug. 19, Experimac, the one-of-a-kind retail storefront concept that specializes in sales of pre-owned Apple® computers, devices and much more – will be celebrating the awarding of its 100th store.
Operating under the United Franchise Group umbrella, the Experimac brand was launched in November 2014 and already has 51 locations OPEN in the United States, as well as a pilot store in Sydney, Australia. There are 52 additional stores in various stages of development at this point in time.
“We are ecstatic about the growth of this brand,” said Jim Muir, founder of the Experimac concept. “The sale of our 100th location is particularly exciting as it furthers our international expansion efforts and brings us into beautiful South Africa.”
Julian and Cesca Nieuwoudt will be introducing and growing the Experimac brand in South Africa as master license partners. Experimac will make its debut in Cape Town, and the Nieuwoudts plan to open another five stores in the Western Cape while selling franchises in all major centers of South Africa, including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
“We are looking forward to opening our pilot store and working with the United Franchise Group to build Experimac into one of the most well-known and reputable brands in South Africa,” said Julian Nieuwoudt.
Since Experimac specializes in selling quality, pre-owned Apple® products, their price points are accessible to a much wider range of customers than other big-box retailers.

About Experimac

Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with over 30 years of franchise experience. Capitalizing on a sustained demand for Apple® products, Experimac provides pre-owned computers and devices, repair of laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices, sales of accessories and upgrades. Experimac has more than 50 locations nationwide. For more information, visit www.experimacfranchise.com.

About United Franchise Group

Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group houses a successful group of business-to-business franchise systems. The United Franchise Group specializes in personalized business services including signs, embroidery, business brokerage and outdoor advertising. With nearly three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1400 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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After Years in Corporate and Manufacturing Worlds This MBA had Enough: Brings Unique Store to the Area

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(Draper, Utah) – Apple product enthusiasts from Draper and surrounding communities will soon enjoy the affordable prices of pre-owned Apple© products to be sold from local resident Karl Vrba’s new Experimac store at 265 E. 12300 S, opening on August 17th.

A 39 year old West Jordan resident, Vrba is confident that his new store will enjoy popularity among the area’s strong market for technology products. “With today’s fast paced lifestyle, there always will be an ever increasing need for multiple technologies, and especially for wireless technology,” Vrba said.

Conveniently located at Interstate I-15 exit 291 East (12300 S), the new Experimac store will serve technology enthusiasts well beyond Draper, including Sandy, Riverton, South Jordan and Herriman. The store will offer a considerable line of renewed Apple© products ranging from computers and laptops to tablets and cell phones. They will sell for affordable prices and Vrba’s Experimac store will also provide low-cost repairs, and installation services.

After Vrba worked in the manufacturing industry for 18 years, he began a somewhat lengthy quest to find the perfect career opportunity that this store opening represents.

“In that manufacturing position, I eventually realized that I was in a dead-end job, with no growth opportunity,” Vrba recalls. He shifted to a retail position that afforded him time and money to return to school. But even after earning his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2015, Vrba discovered that corporate life, this time with a position in finance, was just not for him; and once again determined to break away to find his happy spot in business. “It was a different corporation, a different industry, but the same treatment. I knew I had to get out of the corporate world,” Vrba said.

His self employment opportunity quest focused on Vrba’s desire to fully use all of the diverse business, education and people skills he had picked up along the way. “Aside from wanting to use all of that business knowledge and education, I also wanted to use my passion for technology,” said Vrba, who explored many franchises before finding Experimac.

As he opens his Experimac store, Vrba at last takes great satisfaction that his substantial journey toward professional fulfillment led to a perfect professional fit. “Servicing customers in my Experimac store allows me to bring everything into play – my experience, education, enthusiasm for technology, and ability to service our communities, individuals and businesses,” Vrba says. He underscores the importance of individuals demanding such perfect fit in their careers. “Anyone who feels they are in the wrong place, the wrong company or industry, should take on that search for the right fit. All have advantages and disadvantages, but it is important to find the one that fits you best.”

About Experimac

Experimac is the latest addition to the United Franchise Group family of brands, joining a team with over 30 years of franchise experience. Capitalizing on a sustained demand for Apple® products, Experimac provides pre-owned computers and devices, repair of laptops, phones and tablets, trade-ins of existing devices, and sales of accessories. Experimac has more than 30 locations with 85 additional stores in various stages of development as of mid-2016. Projections are to open a total of 100 locations by the end of 2016 and 250 by 2017 locations nationwide. For more information visit www.experimacfranchise.com.

Experimac’s 100th Store to Open in Cape Town

August 11, 2016 // Franchising.com // Cape Town, South Africa – It’s a landmark event that’s no small potatoes. But truth be told, potatoes played a big role in making it all happen.

On Friday, Aug. 19, Experimac, the one-of-a-kind retail storefront concept that specializes in sales of pre-owned Apple® computers, devices and much more – will be celebrating the sale of its 100th store, scheduled to open this October in Cape Town, South Africa.

Julian and Cesca Nieuwoudt will be introducing and growing the Experimac brand in South Africa as master license partners. To say that 43-year-old Julian and 38-year-old Cesca are making an extreme career transition would be an understatement.

For two decades, Julian has been in the farming industry, specializing in potato seed production. With Cesca joining him in the business since marrying 15 years ago, they grew to become one of South Africa’s top 20 potato producers. But two years ago, the couple received an offer for their land from South Africa’s largest carrot grower, who was looking for additional farming land. They decided the time was ripe for change and sold their farm.

Looking for a new, exciting opportunity with outstanding growth potential, Julian discovered Experimac while doing some online research and was immediately intrigued

by the retailer that not only specializes in the sale of pre-owned Apple® computers and devices, but also offers repair of laptops, phones and tablets; trade-ins of existing devices; software and system updates; and sales of accessories.

Operating under the United Franchise Group umbrella, the Experimac brand was launched in November 2014 and now has 51 locations open in the United States with 52 additional stores in various stages of development.

“We couldn’t be happier to now be entering South Africa,” said Jim Muir, founder of the Experimac concept, “and to have this be our 100th store in such a short period of time.”

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